All Appearances

06.28.2018

Hate IPAs? It’s Because Your Genetics Programmed You To Dislike Bitter Beers.

A combination of human instinct, DNA and learned behavior determines whether you love or loathe hoppy brews.

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06.11.2018

Conducting Sweet Citizen Science-Based Research on the Genetics of Taste

In this interview, Nicole chats about some of her experiences in life and science.

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01.18.2018
ColoradoBiz Magazine

Taking Taste Tests to the Next Level

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01.18.2018
ColoradoBiz Magazine

Nicole Garneau: Taking Taste Tests to the Next Level

Garneau has welcomed the community into the realm of scientific research, offering visitors the chance to co-create the research she conducts on human taste by helping select, co-design, launch and execute the human genetics studies in the Lab.

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01.12.2018
ColoradoBiz Magazine

Gen XYZ: Top 25 Young Professionals

Garneau has welcomed the community into the realm of scientific research, offering visitors the chance to co-create the research she conducts on human taste by helping select, co-design, launch and execute the human gentics studies in the Lab. As part of this open-door initiative, museum visitors can also choose to become crowdscourced participants in the annual research studies, donating their data, DNA and tongues to science. Garneau has worked extensively to make the experience inclusive, and in 2016 was awarded a $1 million grant from the National Institues of Health to expand her innovative community model to both English and Spanish.

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01.10.2018
Summit Daily Newspaper

Breckenridge Big Beers festival: Neuroscience explains why beer isn’t your best bet to knock down spicy foods

This was a bad idea, you quickly reason, and you reach for the nearest thirst quencher to put out the flames: beer. The cold effervescence fills your mouth and you let out an audible sigh, but the relief is fleeting. It’s like putting out a bonfire with gasoline.

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01.08.2018
The Denver Post

This style of beer actually makes the sting of hot wings worse

IPA and spicy food is a craft beer go-to pairing, but schience is against it.

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12.01.2017
Soundcloud

Interview Podcast with Dr. Nicole Garneau

I received the opportunity to interview Dr. Nicole Garneau at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science about her position as Human Health Curator. Here are some of the highlights from our conversation.

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11.29.2017
Fox 31 News

Savory and Sour Taste Study

Morning News Segment

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11.15.2017
CBS News Denver

Denver Museum of Nature & Science Needs Taste Testers For Study

Starting Nov. 20, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science is going to be looking for volunteers, especially families, to put their taste buds to the test.

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07.19.2017
The Brain Scoop

The Human Biology Collection

We're hittin' the road, from The Field Museum to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. In this first video, I get to visit one of the most unique collections I've ever seen in a natural history museum, AND guess what, I'm actually going to become their latest donation. What!

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04.22.2017
The Denver Post

Everybody loses in the war on science

Nicole Garneau refuses to get political. She’s a scientist and she knows that while politicians come and go, the quest for knowledge continues whether scientists take to the streets or hunker down in their labs.

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04.01.2017
The Magazine

Taste of Success: Nicole Garneau Puts Beer Flavor on the Map

Describing complex beer flavors can be tough. Maintaining consistency between batches can be even tougher.

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03.11.2017
Met Media

Nicole Garneau studies age-old pairings brought from kitchen to lab

Beer and food pairings are rarely combined with the calculating precision of science. If anything, picking out the perfect cheese or cured meat to go with a glass of wine or beer growler seems more like fine art than anything else.

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03.07.2017
Craftbeer.com

8 Women in Craft Beer Who are Making a Mark Right Now

Women leading craft beer businesses certainly isn’t unusual. A 2014 Stanford survey of 2,500 breweries found that 21 percent had at least one woman in a leading role, which, as our Julia Herz points out, is relatively high when compared to other industries.

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02.23.2017
The Denver Post

“Beer Me” in the name of science: museum brings back popular crowdtasting study

Researchers want to know why certain food pairings taste so good

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01.19.2017
NPR Radio Hour

Are There More Than Five Basic Tastes?

Nicole Garneau's TED Talk

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09.01.2016
Women Enjoying Beer

How to Market Beer to Women

Ginger Johnson, founder of Women Enjoying Beer, is releasing a comprehensive new book that instructs beer-industry companies on how to properly market beer to female consumers.

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03.22.2016
The Denver Post

The Science Behind Why You Like (or Hate) Certain Beers, If At All

The next time you take a sip of beer or a bite of food, consider this: What you taste is as unique as your DNA. Science shows that an individual’s flavor preferences are defined by genetics. And what we taste is influenced by a lifetime of biological and social experiences.

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03.11.2016
Colorado Public Radio

Beer, Food and…Genetics? It’s On Tap at The Museum of Nature and Science

The Denver Museum of Nature and Science is looking at genetics in an unusual way: through the lens of beer and food. 

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11.25.2015
Colorado Public Radio

Is Bacteria The Reason For Your Sweet Tooth?

Scientists want to know why some people experience sweets differently from others and they think the bacteria in a person's body -- and a person's DNA -- has a lot to do with it. 

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03.16.2015
KUNC

Is Fat the Sixth Taste? Denver Museum Goers Help Scientists With Mystery

At the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, children and their parents meander through the Expedition Health exhibit, chattering about science and bodies, peering through microscopes and conducting experiments.

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02.05.2015
CBS Denver

Girls & Science Aims to Change Thinking About Careers

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is offering up what one of its scientists calls a creative spin on career fairs on Saturday, Feb 7.

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01.01.2015
Amazon

Beer Pairing: The Essential Guide from the Pairing Pros

Beer has reclaimed its place at the dinner table.

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01.01.2015
Amazon

We Have the Technology: How Biohackers, Foodies, Physicians & Scientists Are Transforming Human Perception, One Sense at a Time

An award-winning journalist investigates how scientists and citizens around the world are re-tooling our senses-and what their discoveries are teaching us about the nature and future of human perception.

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07.09.2014
Colorado Public Radio

How Accurate is that ‘Alien?’ Denver Scientists Head to the Movies

Is there any scientific basis for the horrifying creature in “Alien?” Does “Gravity” lack gravity? And can you really resurrect dinosaurs from a dusty hunk of amber?

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06.01.2014
Cuisine of Loneliness

The Blue Tongue Project: Finding Inspiration at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science

At first glance this post about The Denver Museum of Nature and Science didn’t seem to have much to do with writing, reading, or friendship, but as I wrote it, I naturally found a way to tie in three of the topics of this blog.

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06.01.2014
IM'UNIQUE

A Healthy World Where All People are Inspired, United and Unique

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05.29.2014
Medical News Today

Researchers Challenge Scientific Theory with the Help of Citizen Scientists

Science crowdsourcing was used to disprove a widely held theory that "supertasters" owe their special sensitivity to bitter tastes to an usually high density of taste buds on their tongue, according to a study published in the open-access journal Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience.

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05.28.2014
French Tribune

Sensory Papillae’s Density not Linked with Ability to Taste Certain Kind of Bitter Components

For the past many years, researchers have linked supertasters' key feature of heightened sense of taste with the number of 'fungiform papillae' or sensory bumps on the tongue. But such is not the case, finds a new study.

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05.28.2014
Red Orbit

Taste Receptor Gene Determines How Well We Sense Food

Some people’s sense of taste is so perceptive, they have a strong dislike for food that a majority of people enjoy, such as spicy foods or ‘hoppy’ beers.

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05.28.2014
Biocompare

Citizens Help Researches to Challenge Scientific Theory

Science crowdsourcing was used to disprove a widely held theory that "supertasters" owe their special sensitivity to bitter tastes to an usually high density of taste buds on their tongue, according to a study published in the open-access journal Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience.

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05.28.2014
Daily Mail

Bumpy tongue? It doesn’t make you a top taster: How whether we like spicy or bitter food is actually determined by our genes

The key to good taste lies in your genes rather than your tongue.

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05.27.2014
Medical Xpress

Citizens Help Researches to Challenge A Scientific Theory

Science crowdsourcing was used to disprove a widely held theory that "supertasters" owe their special sensitivity to bitter tastes to an usually high density of taste buds on their tongue, according to a study published in the open-access journal Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience.

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05.27.2014
Independent

Taste has Nothing to do with the Bumpiness of your Tongue, Say Scientists

Thousands of concerned citizens have stuck their tongues out in the name of science and proved that being a “supertaster” has nothing to do with the number of bumps on your taste buds.

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05.27.2014
Science Daily

Supertasters Do Not Have Particularly High Density of Taste Buds on Tongue, Crowdsourcing Shows

Science crowdsourcing was used to disprove a widely held theory that 'supertasters' owe their special sensitivity to bitter tastes to an usually high density of taste buds on their tongue, according to a new study.

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05.08.2014
TedX Mile High

Speaking at TEDXYOUTH@MILEHIGH: An Insider’s Perspective

TEDxYouth@MileHigh Speaker Nicole Garneau offered us some of her insight on her experience as a speaker at last month’s event. 

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02.11.2014
SciStarter Blog

The Genetics of Taste: A Sixth Taste?

The Genetics of Taste citizen science project from the Denver Museum of Nature & Science asks whether fat could be the sixth taste.

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12.03.2013
Science News for Students

Using Citizen Science to Find a New Taste

We humans love the taste of fat, whether it’s cheese or buttercream frosting or just one more doughnut. But is fat something that we can taste?

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11.08.2013
Westword

Denver Museum of Nature and Science on the hunt for a Sixth Taste Sense

Do you see dead people? Well, too bad. That's not the sixth sense that the Denver Museum of Nature and Science is looking for.

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06.27.2013
Westword

The DMNS and Denver Beer Co conduct a wild brewing experiment with City Park yeast

City Park has always been a little wild.

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05.26.2013
Microbes Rule Blog

All Creatures Great and Small: Preaching Microbial Centrism!

It's important to go to scientific conferences, especially if one teaches and does research in a small liberal arts institution.

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02.21.2013
Ted Eytan, MD

Participation in Science, Too - at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science

It’s an often repeated refrain in my life : “I’m not that smart, my ideas are not unique, if someone is doing something better than I, I’d like to know about it.”

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01.01.2013
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Citizen Scientist

Most of us haven’t been in a science lab since high school, let alone given serious thought to how our DNA strands guide our diet. 

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11.08.2012
The Denver Post

Davidson: A Night in Pompeii benefits Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Let everyone else seize the day. Carpe noctem

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01.03.2012
University of Colorado

Our own ‘Science Guy’

Why do onions make us cry? How come peppers are hot? Why do you use mice to study taste and smell?

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08.09.2011
Westword

We talk with the DMNS Curator of Health Sciences about Gattaca

Tomorrow evening brings the final entry in the Denver Museum of Nature and Science's Sci-Fi Film Series at the Phipps Theater, with Gattaca closing the sequence out with a biological bang.

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11.15.2010
Around the Oval

A Bitter Taste in the Mouth

Published three times a year, Around the Oval features University highlights, class notes, and stories about Colorado State alumni and friends.

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